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Dollars spent in the D are likely to be re-spent here: an estimated $68 out of every $100 versus just $43 from that same hundo dropped at a national chain. With indie retailers popping up all around town, spreading -- and keeping -- wealth inside the city limits is getting easier and easier.

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Bert's Entertainment Complex Owner Bert Dearing Jr.

For over 30 years, Bert's Marketplace has served food and preserved black history in Detroit

The 24,000 square foot Bert's Marketplace is much more than a bar and restaurant. It's also a hangout, music venue, and place to celebrate black history in Detroit. 

The stage at Baker's Keyboard Lounge

7 must-visit spots on the Detroit border

At Model D, we're always looking for ways to showcase efforts at regionalism. That's why we wanted to highlight some of the places situated right on the border that are regularly visited by Detroiters and suburbanites alike.

Nicole Lindsey holds a brood comb frame loaded with honeybees

Detroit's vacant lots find new life from a surprising source: Bees

Founded earlier this year, Detroit Hives hopes to eliminate blight in the city by repurposing vacant lots, promoting honey bee conservation, and educating the community about bee farming and the benefits of honey bees.

Zlatan Sadikovic

Detroit's next hot commercial corridor: Will Jos Campau make Hamtramck a boom town once again?

Jos. Campau was once the second most popular shopping destination in metro Detroit. While it recently had fallen into a bit of a malaise, an influx of new businesses has the corridor on the verge of a breakthrough. 

Michael Forsyth at Detroit City Distillery

Join Model D for a High Growth Happy Hour talk at Detroit City Distillery

This installment features the entrepreneurs behind two of Detroit's fastest-growing craft beverage companies.
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Stories from the new economy: D2D business connect

By helping large Detroit institutions and corporations purchase goods and services within the city of Detroit, D2D is creating an environment where all Detroit-based businesses can thrive.

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Stories from the new economy: NEIdeas, rewarding ideas for business growth

Last week, the New Economy Initiative launched NEIdeas, a challenge that will award $500,000 in prizes to existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.
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